Show ContentsMcEachran History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the McEachran family come from the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. Their surname comes from person who was skilled in the riding of horses or who owned many horses. The Gaelic form of the name was Mac Eachthighearna, which translates as son of the horse-lord. [1]

Early Origins of the McEachran family

The surname McEachran was first found in Kintyre, where "on the shaft of the cross at Kilkerran near Campbeltown, is the inscription: Hec est: crvx: Coleni: Mc: Heachyrna: et Katirine: uxoris: eivs (Drummond, Sculptured monuments of Iona, pl. lxxxi). This is probably Colin MacEachern who was chief of the Macecherns in 1499." [1]

Early History of the McEachran family

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McEachran Spelling Variations

Medieval spelling was at best an intuitive process, and translation between Gaelic and English was no more effective. These factors caused an enormous number of spelling variations in Dalriadan names. In fact, it was not uncommon to see a father and son who spelled their name differently. Over the years, McEachran has been spelled MacEachern, MacEachen, MacEachan, MacEachin, MacEachren and many more.

Early Notables of the McEachran family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Evan MacEachen (1769-1849), Gaelic scholar, born at Arisaig, Invernessshire, in 1769, was educated in a school at Ruthven, near Keith. He was sent in 1788 to the Scots College at Valladolid, where he was ordained priest in 1798. On his return to the mission he was stationed at Arisaig. In 1801 he was removed to Badenoch...
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Ireland Migration of the McEachran family to Ireland

Some of the McEachran family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States McEachran migration to the United States +

Settlers from Scotland put down roots in communities all along the east coast of North America. Some moved north from the American colonies to Canada as United Empire Loyalists during the American War of Independence. As Clan societies and highland games started in North America in the 20th century many Scots rediscovered parts of their heritage. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name McEachran were among those contributors:

McEachran Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • John McEachran, aged 32, who landed in America from Paisley, Scotland, in 1907
  • John Johnston McEachran, aged 62, who immigrated to the United States from Cardiff, Wales, in 1914
  • Jeannie McEachran, aged 60, who landed in America from Cardiff, Wales, in 1914
  • Jeannie McEachran, aged 69, who immigrated to America from Clamorgan, Wales, in 1923
  • Charles T. McEachran, aged 20, who landed in America from Greenock, Scotland, in 1923
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada McEachran migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McEachran Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Robert McEachran U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]
McEachran Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Maria McEachran, aged 28, who immigrated to Glencoe, Ont., Canada, in 1911
  • Duncan McEachran, aged 71, who settled in Montreal, Canada in 1912
  • Ester McEachran, aged 67, who immigrated to Montreal, Canada in 1912

Contemporary Notables of the name McEachran (post 1700) +

  • David "Dave" McEachran (1903-1983), Scottish footballer
  • Mr. Colin McEachran M.B.E., British recipient of Member of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to Target Shooting and to Commonwealth Games Scotland [3]
  • Joshua Mark "Josh" McEachran (b. 1993), English footballer of Scottish descent
  • Duncan McNab McEachran (1841-1924), Scottish-born, Canadian veterinarian and academic

The McEachran Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Per mare per terras
Motto Translation: By sea and by land.

  1. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 4 July 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018, on Facebook